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7-12
Public charter
Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 60
Before care: No
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6000 E 14th St Tucson, AZ 85711
Tucson, AZ 85715

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(520) 382-9210
(520) 382-5888
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March 19, 2015
I came to this school my Senior year, and have not regretted it. I love the activities that the school does, and what the school stands for as a whole. I highly recommend this high school

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
This school is a place to make great friends, experience new things, and the teachers are really nice and helpful. I started this school in my Junior year so I have only been here for two years and I have improved greatly. They try there best to help everyone in every way. I like how the school teaches us more about the environment. I like how this school lets us do things hands on and everything. Today I got to go outside and help with the orchard. This school is really involved with the environment and that is one of the reason I decided to come to this school. Ever since I started school here I have been happier and I have made great friends. I like how this school has a community and cares about everyone.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
I love this school, when I first came here I did not know what this school is about, it took me a while to understand what sky islands was doing, now almost everything I do outside of school relates to what I do in school. Sky islands has showed me my priorities and what I have to do to be successful In life. Sky islands also has an excellent math program.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
This school has helped me get my credits and education on track, if I didn't know anything they assisted me until I understood. I also got in touch with nature more. It's a small school so we all know each other individually, the whole community comes together and we all work very hard. We relate most of our studies with environmental friendly topics. Which has taught me many ways to better myself and also apply it to our surrounding ecosystems to keep them healthy.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
Sky Islands is an amazing school with a great sense of community. All the classes are relatively small in size. This school has some of the most interesting courses from Japanese to Gardening to Astrobiology and Art. Most lessons will involve doing activities outdoors like observing wildlife or mapping the solar system and some lessons happen off-campus as field trips. Some field trips that happen yearly is hiking, the gem and minerals show, and working on a farm. Overall this school is very unique and I have had some of the best years here. I was able to make friends easily and focus on my classes, I wasn't given piles of homework, just what was necessary to help understand the lesson, and learned lots of things that I wanted to learn. I have found that my most favorite classes have been the science and math classes. Though the math class is my all time favorite. In the "math house" as everyone calls it, there are no text books. Instead Simon, our math teacher, creates his own lesson plans. He grades our papers in real time and is able to help everyone on an individual scale. And so long as you complete the assignment you will have no homework.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
My school is very unique! It is an environmentally focused school. We get to learn about how to grow plants, the interactions between plants, animals and the earth. We get to do hands on activities like planting trees, cleaning a wash and making an aquaponics system. My school has a great math program where there are no textbooks or a teacher just talking the entire period. In math classes you get a 5 to 15 minute lesson and then you are handed a worksheet. Then the math teacher, Simon, will walk around to all of the students and grade your paper as you work on it, so you will know if you are doing something wrong. He will give you a red check mark when a problem is completed and give you a red dot if there is something wrong on a problem. If you get a worksheet done you go to the back of the classroom and work and a puzzle, competing with other classes in order to get a pizza party on Pi day (3/14). Also in the math class we get to learn about who created formulas and what the math is used for in real life and we watch movies about mathematicians and science. Lastly, we do not get homework unless you do not complete a worksheet.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2015
Sky Islands was a life changing experience for me. I transferred in when my parents were less than pleased with my attendance at AZVA. Suffice to say I wasn't pleased with having to attend a school due to my previous experiences. However, I was pleasantly surprised. High Schools, in general, usually has this stigma of jocks, cheerleaders, nerds being shoved into lockers, and so on. Here, I didn't see anything resemble that. This school's small structure means that people can get to know each other, and it directly affects the students' ability to learn; the teachers and students get to know each other unlike a district school (TUSD for example) where there are thousands of students, so the teachers literally won't notice when someone is missing. Teachers here care for their students. Students here care for their fellow students. The friendly environment is truly unusual within a high school.

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2015
This school is the way I'd like the world to be. With the students gradating from here and exploring the world, hopefully we can do just that slowly and surely!

- submitted by a student
March 18, 2015
Sky Islands High School is a wonderful school. I used to not care about my education when I was in primary and middle school. Then, when I came to Sky Islands, I knew I had found a hidden gem that I could enjoy, and since then I have come to care about my education and what I want to do in life. Sky Islands is an environmentally focused public charter school, with its main focus based on the environmental problems currently affecting Arizona and Mexico. From learning about the medicinal advantages of mesquite beans to learning about blood diamond mining in the Congo, to the ecological importance of coral. We also have interesting electives; including Gardening by Design, a class that analyzes different gardens and different design techniques, including Japanese design principles, and Ethics, where we take a topic and turn it on its head and look at it from both perspectives. We are also beginning a middle school so we will be a 7th-12th grade school. For anyone who is looking for a great middle or high school I highly recommend Sky Islands, because with knowledge of what's happening in the world, you can make a difference.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2014
sky islands is not only a school but for many students it is their home. The staff at Sky Islands offer a safe and positive environment for all students. The teachers let the students know that there are no limitations to what they want to accomplish as long as they are willing to put in the work. As a parent of three graduates from Sky Islands High School I recommend this high school to all parents who want an environment where the children are always made to feel important and they are teachers as well. The atmosphere of the school is that of a big family.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
If you are looking for a quality education in a smaller school setting, Sky Islands is the answer. Our son has blossomed and matured and did not get "lost in the shuffle" which was our concern about a regular high school setting. His teachers treat him with respect. They do not tolerate any bullying or negative behavior among students. Hats off to Sky Island!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Our grandson will be entering his junior year at Sky Islands. Since I taught school all of my adult life, I am very pleased with the academic opportunities that are offered at this school. The students study new information that will help them in their adult years. We appreciate the stress that is put on the environment and other green activities. Our grandson has made the following statements: I learn something new in my classes everyday, the teachers take time to work and help each individual student, and I always feel like I am a real part of the school .

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
My son has completed two years at Sky Islands High and he doesn't like to miss school or be late. He has a sense of belonging at the school and he goes in and participates in school projects and even clean-up details during the breaks. My sincere thanks to the teachers, assistant director and director of the school for their commitment to my son's education. :-)

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
the kid likes the school.. its the only school that she will go to. she says there are no bullies. seems to love everything about it. they are more like a collage with there rules

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
Sky Islands saved my life. This is a quote from my daughter, now 20 years old. She had gotten into trouble at a school in TUSD. We used to drive past Sky Islands on my way to work, so we stopped in to check it out. That was the best decision we made. The school is small enough to give individual attention to kids that get lost in the big school district system. My daughter thrived and everyday she came home with new enthusiasm about learning. She graduated, which she never would have done in TUSD, and is still so happy that we enrolled her there. My son was different. He too, got in trouble in TUSD, but fought me about transferring to Sky Islands. In fact, he fought everyone. The staff had many little run-ins with him, but they stuck by him. It took him almost two years to figure out that he needed to find the desire to graduate within himself. When he did, Sky Islands was right there for him. They saw that he wasn t confident in his reading skills and brought in a special teacher to tutor him. They also hired a math teacher who really helped build his confidence with the math AIMS. He graduated this past year! I m so proud of him and so thankful to everyone at the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
My son was attending a public high school and getting lost in the multitude of students they had, he was failing and not very interested in what he was learning. My daughter was already a student at Sky Islands, so we enrolled my son there and I never thought the day would come when he would come home and ask questions about things he was learning in class. We went to Nogales, Mexico one day, and while walking around the shops my son asked if he could have some money to buy a carved wooden turtle for one of his teachers, out of couriosity I asked whey, he he replied he was the best teacher ever! He make him think! That says it all! The teachers and staff are the best, and take an interest in the students as individuals, not as just another number.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2010
Students really like this school. They say that they really like the classes and the teachers are smart and helpful. The administrative staff pays close attention and takes care of problems quickly and fairly. The director started the school herself from years of teaching teachers, and keeps a firm hand on the curriculum and courses. There is a zero tolerance for gangs and drugs. And the students do not organize into cliques.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2009
This school is great. The curriculum is focuses on developing the 'whole-person,' preparing the student not only for continuing their education, but to succeed and be happy in the world once they are done with school. Small class sizes present the ability to develop close relationships among the staff and students, which further personalizes the education for the student.

- submitted by a teacher

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Due to the fact that we have small class sizes and a strong, dedicated faculty, all students receive individual attention. We maintain a strong working relation with parents, and encourage them to participate in school events/trips. We have an "Opt In" Policy and want all students to embrace new experiences and activities and "get their hands dirty". We also have a no electronics policy- all electronics (including cell phones) must be turned in before school and picked up at the end of the day.

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Sky Islands High School
6000 E 14th St Tucson, AZ 85711, Tucson, AZ  85715
(520) 382-9210
Last modified Sky Islands High School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sky Islands High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top